SECO’s objectives

SECO has four target outcomes for economic and trade policy measures: Effective institutions and services. More and better jobs. Enhanced trade and competitiveness. Low-emission and climate-resilient economies. All of these contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth.

This vision set out in Switzerland’s 2017-2020 Message on International Cooperation is also the driving force for economic and trade policy measures. The 2017-2020 Message establishes the following focus for SECO’s economic cooperation and development. "Economic growth that benefits all segments of the population, particularly through more and better quality jobs and a more favourable economic framework."

Workers on a Colombian construction site.
SECO promotes socially and environmentally responsible economic growth in advanced developing countries.

Such growth should address economic as well as social and ecological aspects without compromising the well-being of future generations. In doing so, it should contribute to reducing poverty and the impacts of global risks. It enables the private sector to create new jobs and the government to deliver central services. Sustainable, inclusive growth does not come automatically. To achieve it, SECO has defined four specific target outcomes:

Objective 1: effective institutions and services

A clear legislative framework and efficient public infrastructure are necessary to set up and develop small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This is why SECO engages at this level.

Objective 2: more and better jobs

SECO aims to create jobs and dignified working conditions. It makes it easier for companies to access know-how and investments and it promotes international labour standards.

Objective 3: enhanced trade and competitiveness

SECO engages at a multilateral, regional and bilateral level to build on its partner countries’ economic strengths and sales potential.

Objective 4: low-emission and climate-resilient economies

SECO supports measures for a more efficient use of resources in urban development, energy supply and the private sector. Such investments foster a low-carbon economy that is more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Last modification 08.03.2018

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